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Updated: 03/18/2014 04:38:02PM

STEM sprouts from grant

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Second grade student Lilly Warren and Ethan Culverhouse talk about their use of technology in the classroom as STEM Coordinator Reba Coil listens to their presentation at Thursday's STEM open house at Bartow Elementary Academy.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Hayley Culverhouse and her mother, Jennifer, look over the treasure map used to guide parents and visitors to rooms to see STEM technology in use in Bartow Elementary Academy's science, technology, engineering and math programs.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Kole Magnetico reads his essay about his BEA kindergarten classes and how much fun it is to use a mini-computer in the classroom.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Hendry Aguado and Tess Landreth, BEA fifth graders, talk to attendees Thursday about their STEM studies and using technology to enhance the learning process.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Reba Coil, STEM Coordinator at Bartow Elementary Academy talks with community representatives at Thursday's STEM program at the school.

By CATHY PALMER

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Hundreds of Bartow parents, business representatives and guests went on a treasure hunt Thursday at Bartow Elementary Academy to learn how a $500,000 federal grant was tapped for science, technology, engineering and math class improvements.

The treasure hunt also was to glean community support for the programs started in 2010, when the Magnet School Assistance Program grant was obtained. STEM Coordinator Reba Coil told the group that in addition to providing technology equipment for every classroom in the kindergarten to fifth grade school, the grant funds also paid for the installation and maintenance of a self-sustainable outdoor science classroom, a new STEM and robotics lab and a curriculum infused with engineering concepts and designs.

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